Bonanza (1959–1973)
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Little Man... Ten Feet Tall 

An Italian immigrant and his son seek a new life after fleeing violence in their home country.


Lewis Allen


Eric Norden (teleplay), Eric Norden (story) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Pernell Roberts ... Adam Cartwright
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Ross Martin ... Nick Biancci
Michael Davis ... Mario Biancci
Denver Pyle ... Sheriff Ed
Lane Bradford ... Todd
James Anderson ... Al
Bern Hoffman Bern Hoffman ... Bernie the Bartender


Nick Biancci and his son come to town seeking their fortune in a new country after leaving Italy. Nick has renounced any kind of fighting, after fleeing violence in his native Napoli. He works at odd jobs, saving money to help his son pursue his talent as a classical guitarist. Ben hires Nick as a cook at the Ponderosa. Unfortunately, two men learn that Nick has savings, and try to beat him into revealing where the money is. When they threaten his son as well, Nick must make a tough decision in order to protect his son and his son's future. Written by Charles Delacroix

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Release Date:

26 May 1963 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When Mario defiantly goes into the corral with a lariat rope, he doesn't close the gate behind him, and it is seen swinging open after he walks toward the horses. Seconds later when Hoss goes to see why the horses are excited, the gate is latched closed. See more »


Nick Biancci: I hate violence because I was born into violence!
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A cook and a pianist
13 May 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Ponderosa is in short supply of a cook with Hop Sing out of action. But rather serendipitously Ross Martin over from Italy and his young son Michael Davis get themselves rescued by Dan Blocker and the Ponderosa is getting some Italian cuisine.

They are traveling east to New York where young Davis is slated to study music. But the kid wants to be a cowboy and kind of looks up to Hoss as most of the human race does.

Hoss takes a leaf from his father's book on guidance for young people. A nice story indeed.

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